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SolarCity and NRDC strike back in Nevada net metering row with ‘benefits of PV’ study
25 May 2016 at 6:41pm
The net benefits of rooftop solar PV and distributed energy resources (DER) have been tallied by US residential installer and utility and grid service operator newcomer SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) in a new report that claims such resources produce US$7-14 million in benefits annually for Nevadans.

SNEC 2016: Smit wins 100MW CdTe production line order with CTIEC
25 May 2016 at 5:25pm
Netherlands-based thin-film manufacturing equipment supplier Smit Thermal Solutions and several equipment supplier partners, including von Ardenne and 4Jet have secured a 100MW CdTe production line order with China Triumph International Engineering Co (CTIEC) at SNEC 2016, being held in Shanghai, China this week.

Intevac wins ion implant systems orders from Chinese solar cell producer
25 May 2016 at 3:49pm
US-based high-technology equipment manufacturer Intevac said it had secured an order for two ‘ENERGi’ ion implant systems from a China-based solar cell producer for precision emitter solar cell manufacturing. Financial details and delivery schedules were not disclosed.

PJM Interconnection’s solar procurement nearly doubles in latest energy auction
25 May 2016 at 12:46pm
Eastern US transmission organisation PJM Interconnection’s latest energy auction for capacity in 2019/20 saw 335MW of solar procured, nearly double that of the preceding year.

Solliance partners continue perovskite mini-module up-scaling success
25 May 2016 at 12:44pm
Imec and its Solliance partners have fabricated for the first time a semi-transparent perovskite PV-module, achieving power conversion efficiencies up to 12%, a world-best achievement, according to the R&D group.

Spruce and Investec close US$120 million financing for US leasing and PPAs
25 May 2016 at 12:14pm
Banking and asset management group Investec has agreed to finance US$120 million worth of solar leases and power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy and energy efficiency finance group Spruce Finance.

SNEC 2016: Heraeus launches more PERC specific metallization pastes
25 May 2016 at 12:11pm
Major metallization paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics has launched two new PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) pastes at SNEC 2016 in Shanghai, China.

Sumitomo to build 60MW solar facility in Fukushima
25 May 2016 at 12:05pm
Sumitomo Corporation, Japan’s leading general trading company, is implementing a 60MW solar PV project in Minamisoma, Fukushima, at a ¥22 billion (US$ 201 million) investment.

Brazilian hydro firm EMAE plans foray into other renewables
25 May 2016 at 9:46am
Brazil's Metropolitan Company of Waters and Energy (EMAE) has expressed interest in selecting partners to foray into various renewable energy initiatives including solar PV.

India’s NTPC tendering for 625MW solar in Andhra Pradesh
25 May 2016 at 5:23am
Indian utility NTPC has invited bids for 625MW of solar PV at the Ananthapuramu Ultra Mega Solar Park in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

DTE Energy begins construction on two PV projects in Michigan
25 May 2016 at 1:45am
DTE Energy has installed the first of nearly 200,000 solar panels to be located at the company’s two PV projects in Lapeer, Michigan.

Invenergy earns approval for 24.9MW PV project in Long Island
25 May 2016 at 1:30am
Invenergy, North America's largest independent renewable power generation company, announced that it has received unanimous approval from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for a power purchase agreement (PPA) for its proposed 24.9MW Shoreham Solar Commons facility in the town of Brookhaven in Long Island, New York.

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JinkoSolar supplies PV modules totaling 122 MW for a project in Chile
25 May 2016 at 2:29pm
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on May 25th, 2016 announced that it has supplied 122 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development), for its Conejo solar PV project in Chile.

SMA commissions a solar PV hybrid system on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius
25 May 2016 at 11:30am
SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA, Niestetal, Germany)) and its subsidiary SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH have commissioned a solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid system on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands, to completely electrify the island with the smart combination of utility-scale PV, battery storage and diesel generators. The project is designed to generate enough clean solar power to cover more than 23% of St. Eustatius’ annual electricity demand of 13.5 GWh.

SolarCity and NRDC paper: Rooftop PV provides net benefit to all Nevada utility customers
25 May 2016 at 11:27am
Rooftop solar PV generation provides 1.6 U.S. cents of benefit per kilowatt-hour of energy generated, producing USD 7 million in benefits annually for all Nevada utility customers, according to a study released on May 24th, 2016 by SolarCity Corporation (San Mateo, CA, U.S.) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC, New York City, US). If environmental and health externalities are included, the benefits of rooftop solar increase to 3.4 cents per kWh, and USD 14 million annually.

Solar energy student contest in Dubai to build on regional commitments made at COP21
25 May 2016 at 11:24am
Intersolar, the world’s leading solar event, has officially launched the “Young Leaders’ Innovation Challenge” taking place this September in Dubai at Intersolar Middle East event. The contest aims to encourage students across the MENA region to contribute to commitments made through the Paris Agreement at COP21.

Yingli commercializes PID resistant dual glass PV module
25 May 2016 at 11:21am
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd. (Baoding, China) on May 24th, 2016 announced that it has successfully commercialized its TwinMAX 60 cell high-efficiency dual glass solar photovoltaic (PV) module (including the standard series and the bifacial series) and TwinMAX 72 cell dual glass module (standard series).

Samsung SDI to start operation of solar PV paste plant in Wuxi, China in June
25 May 2016 at 8:48am
On May 24th, 2016, Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) announced that it will start operating a solar photovoltaic (PV) paste production line in its Wuxi Plant located in Jiangsu Province, China in June.

IHS expects 1 GW of battery storage to be installed in the U.K. by 2020
25 May 2016 at 8:44am
The 20 megawatt (MW) battery system that Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES, Broomfield, Colorado, US) will provide to the U.K.’s National Grid represents the largest planned battery project to provide frequency regulation in the country – a trend that IHS predicts will continue in the coming years. Aided by the National Grid’s upcoming tender for 200 MW of “enhanced frequency response,” and with quickly rising demand for batteries to store surplus solar power in homes, IHS expects nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of batteries will be installed in the United Kingdom’s grid by 2020.

Spruce, Investec close USD 120 million in financing for U.S. residential solar PV Systems
25 May 2016 at 8:39am
Spruce Finance Inc. (San Francisco, CA, U.S.), a provider of consumer financing for residential solar photovoltaics (PV) and home efficiency improvements in the U.S., has closed a USD 120 million syndicated credit facility that will support the growth of its solar lease and power purchase agreement (PPA) business.

Brazil targets 7 GW of utility-scale solar PV and 1.32 GW of distributed PV installations by 2024
24 May 2016 at 11:34am
Brazil doubled its solar targets for both utility-scale and distributed generation in January. The 2024 target under the official 10-year energy plan (PDE) is for 7 GW of utility-scale solar and 1.32 GW of distributed PV installations. According to the Latin America PV Playbook of GTM Research, 1.4 GW of distributed PV could be achieved as early as 2020, especially given strong support for the segment in Brazil through the ProGD policy.

New report: Solar plus storage to reduce electricity costs for rental housing in California
24 May 2016 at 11:32am
Battery storage is emerging as an effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California, according to the report “Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage”.

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